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Bruce Cassidy goes with Bruins youth over experience in Game 7


Bruins’ coach Bruce Cassidy made the decision to go with speed over experience in Tuesday’s Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Cassidy left Backes out of the lineup in Game 1, and the B’s produced a decidedly milquetoast performance in that loss.


While fellow righty Noel Acciari most likely has kept his spot in the lineup because of his faceoff abilities instead of Wagner for Games 6 and 7 (the Walpole native may still be banged up from the lower body injury that kept him out three of the last four regular season games, though he did skate on Tuesday morning), the Backes-for-Kuhlman switch seems from here to be the most debatable.


In Game 6, the Leafs’ first goal in the first period occurred after Kuhlman could not get a loose puck out at the blue line, which is one of the rookie’s strengths.


I kind of hang my hat on being a good 200-foot player and that’s a big part of my game, winning those board battles.


“As coaches, we’ve tried to prepare them for situational things that are going to happen on the ice, what they did well in Game 6 that we want to correct and what we did well and want to build on.






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